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A House-Boat on the Styx


Published October 10, 2008


LibriVox recording of A House-Boat on the Styx by John Kendrick Bangs.

The premise of the book is that everyone who has ever died (up until the time in which the book is set, which seems to be about the time of its publication) has gone to Styx. This does not appear to be the conventional Hell described by Dante in The Inferno, but rather the Hades described in Greek myth (both of which had Styxes): a universal collecting pot for dead souls, regardless of their deeds in life.

The book begins with Charon, ferryman of the Styx (in The Inferno, he was the ferryman of the river Acheron) being startled—and annoyed—by the arrival of a house boat on the Styx. At first afraid that the boat will put him out of business, he later finds out that he is actually to be appointed the boat's janitor.

What follows are eleven more stories (for a total of twelve) which are set on the house boat. There is no central theme, and the purpose of the book appears to be as a literary thought experiment to see what would happen if various famous dead people were put in the same room with each other. Each chapter is a short story featuring various souls from history and mythology.
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Date 2008-10-10
Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text


Reviews

Reviewer: PCSmith - - November 30, 2012
Subject: One of the best
Witty and well written. Excellent reading.
Reviewer: sarahm - - November 13, 2012
Subject: Love It!
This is basically a series of humorous sketches or cartoons drawn with words. Personally, I found it delightful, and as I was listening on headphones while cleaning house, more than once my husband asked why I was laughing so hard. The more you enjoy a broad spectrum of literature, the more you will appreciate the concept. No question this work influenced Farmer's Riverworld series.
Reviewer: GKeefe - - March 22, 2009
Subject: Lacking
Not entertaining at all. No problem with the recorder, but the stories are all dull, blatantly attempting to be tongue-in-cheek, but ultimately failing.
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